People who experience ongoing panic attacks often struggle thru life with a grave sense of unease that at any moment, another panic attack could happen.
It’s the fear of experiencing that ultimate panic attack – the one that would finally push them over the edge.
This fear leads people to make changes to their everyday behavior in order to avoid anything that might trigger a panic episode.
When people become scared of having another panic attack, completing simple daily tasks can become major challenges. Some people begin to fear crowds and interacting with people. Others fear leaving the safety of their house or simply any situation where they have public responsibilities.
Being in a constant state of apprehension keeps a person’s anxiety level high, leading to the potential of having another panic attack.
If you can relate to any of the above, let’s put your mind at rest. Panic attacks can be eliminated in simpley and effectively, regardless of how long your anxiety has been a problem.
Here is an important observation:
The biggest difference between someone who suffers from regular panic attacks and someone who has eliminated their suffering is simple. The person who has eliminated their panic attacks is not afraid of having one!
The trick to ending another panic attack is to want to have one!
This sounds strange but, ironically, wanting to have another panic attack actually causes an immediate diffusion of the anticipatory fear.
Are you familiar the saying “what you resist persists.” That saying also applies perfectly to fear. If you resist a situation out of fear, the fear around that issue will persist.
So, how do you stop resisting another panic attack?
You position yourself directly into the path of your anxiety; by doing so the anxiety of the situation cannot persist because you process the fear out through your emotions.
If you try right now to have a panic attack, you probably won’t succeed. The idea of calling on a panic attack is initially very scary, but give the concept a try and watch what happens.
Realize that you may have always decided to panic. Maybe with such statements:
“This is beyond my control.”
“These physical sensations are beyond my body’s control.”
Having a panic attack is alot like standing on the edge of a cliff. The anxiety seems to push you closer to falling over the edge. And every time you struggle to fight back using your usual coping strategies the more desperate you feel.
To eliminate the fear of having another panic attack, you have to “take the jump”. You must take the leap off the cliff edge and into the waters of anxiety and fear.
So how do you take the jump?
You jump by wanting to have a panic attack – by inviting it in. You go about your day asking for a panic attack to appear. A panic attack will never actually harm you! This is your real safety and a medical fact.
The sensations may be wild and uncomfortable, but no actual harm will come to you. Your body is just in a heightened state of anxiety, and “the jump” becomes nothing more than a two inch drop. You are safe.
Think of all the times you thought you were having another panic attack. Was there any lasting physical damage done to you, other than that mounting feeling of panic?
Now, approach this problem differently. Actively seek out another panic attack like an adventure seeker. Take the opposite approach.